We check the registration details of all new members for anything that looks suspicious, if we notice anything we will ask questions. If we are not convinced the member is genuine we delete the account.
We feel it is better to be safe than sorry and want to protect our members. Please use correct details when registering to prevent account deletion.
Stay Safe Online with BidLazy
BidLazy is not involved in any transactions and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection"
A few pointers to help you stay safe and avoid the scammers
Keep a copy of all correspondence ie. invoices, buyer or seller details. Print them off if you need to.
Contact the buyer or seller through their advert and ask questions if you're not sure about anything
Don't give out personal information that is not required to complete a sale of purchase and never before the close of sale, with the exception of some high price items that may require a viewing before exchanging money.
Some dubious practices to watch out for!
The buyer asks a few friendly questions to get your trust before trying some of the following...
The buyer asks about payment methods other than PayPal or Google Checkout, for example, bank transfers. NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR BANK DETAILS!
The buyer explains they are not in the country that relates to their registration details in on the site as they are away on business or holiday.
They offer to pay you more money than the sale price you are asking if you agree they can pay by bank transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, Money Orders or other instant cash transfer methods.
If you are at all suspicious, hold fire with the transaction and contact us here
We advise avoiding transactions with buyers or sellers originating for African countries where many scams have been found to begin.
The 'Picture Only' scam
This is quite an old an scam, easy to set up and easy to fall for unless you read the description of the item carefully.
The Seller takes a photo of the item or copies one off the internet from another site, the listing is then set up with all the information
of the product, usually including lots of manufacturer information to make the listing look genuine.
The scammer will then slip in the wording, something such as "you are bidding on the picture only, not the actual item!" this is usually small
font so you will miss it.
You, the buyer have missed this statement so are happy to bid or buy the item for the amount asked and are very happy when you win the bargain priced item.
You probably won't be so happy when the post turns up and all you have is a lovely picture of that item you thought you had bought!
Please ensure you leave feedback. Genuine buyers and sellers will help you anyway they can, positive feedback helps everyone.
If it looks to good to be true, it usually is (not always though).
You can't get a response from the other person (Remember though, some sellers may only trade during business hours).
The other person insists on dealing in cash or cash transfer options.
The other person does not want to deal with a courier or registered and insured postal services.
You are offered more money than your sale price for some reason.
The best way to avoid lots of questions and disputes is to ensure you write accurate and honest descriptions.
Accept safe payment methods such as PayPal, Google Checkout or cheque (ensure funds are cleared before posting).
Take time to get verified, it's a small price to pay and buyers will appreciate you have paid to show you are genuine.
Upload quality photos showing the item from as many angles as possible, the first 3 are free so why not use them.
Complete your postage information page, returns policy, about me page, profile page etc... all help to show you are an open, genuine seller.
We have numerous features available for both buyers and sellers and are always improving and adding features, you can see a list of most of them here although we have probably added more and may need to update this page.... again! Sorry.
If in doubt, ask us. We're here to help
For some more information about staying safe online, check out our Link Directory